This chilly Wednesday evening, at the top of Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, an intimate gathering reminded us that it was one year since Ahmed Kathrada’s passing. Uncle Kathy’s funeral was exactly a year ago, this week. Saddening as his death was, the country was at that phase in our history that was so dark it seemed the sun would never rise again. On our coastal break in KwaZulu-Natal, storm clouds hung over the weekend with dour prospects. It was the time of the racial incident at the Spur restaurant. It was also a year and a day since then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, were recalled from their investment roadshow in the UK at the behest of then-president Jacob Zuma. I remember feeling absolutely empty, perhaps comforted by Easter treats that unusually cold weekend. On March 28 this year, Gordhan arrived on the hill a little later than other guests, returning from a Cabinet meeting in Cape Town. He made a quiet entrance, sitting at the very ba...

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